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Windows 7: Start Menu Shortcuts - Permanent MRU!

14 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Start Menu Shortcuts - Permanent MRU!

Occasionally when I install programs, they create permanent shortcuts in the MRU area of the Start Menu.
Normally I can delete them by deleting the original icon (in All Programs) and making a new one to replace it.

Scumbag companies (e.g. EPSON, Samsung) seem to have "wised up" to this tactic and now it is impossible to remove certain icons.
When you make a replacement icon, the permanent MRU icon returns.

Does anyone know which Reg Keys to delete/edit to eliminate this blight?


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14 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Try this, right click on the Start menu or Windows orb and...

Of course this will clear the MRU's.
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14 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Hi Britton30

Thanks for your suggestion.

I can "remove" the icons that way, however it means that no programs will place icons in the MRU area (occasionally I find them handy).
Also if I re-enable the options the permanent shortcuts return.

I have also tried cleaning with CCleaner and Glary Utilities (with the options selected and de-selected) without luck.

Sometimes rogue icons will go away:
  • If you choose Remove from this list in the context menu and then reboot.
  • If you run the program and then choose Remove from this list in the context menu and then reboot.
Note:
Normally the rogue icons remain until AFTER I reboot (using the actions above).

Neither of these actions worked this time (the icons remain/reappear after rebooting).
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14 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Second method, which I use, is to disable as in the screenshot then select "Pin To Start Menu" by right clicking the program's .exe file. That way there will be a quick link to the programs you use.
Here's mine.
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14 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Pinned Items

The programs that I use daily are pinned to the Task Bar.
Programs that I use regularly are pinned to my Start Menu.
The rest are in All Programs.

My Desktop, Start Menu, All Programs & Desktop
(Click thumbnails for animation and large wallpaper)

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As you can see I have a few items pinned to the Task bar and a lot pinned in the Start Menu.
I have created category folders in the All Programs section to reduce chaos.

Note:

In this gif a shortcut called ASSDraw3 (Aegisub) is in the MRU area.
This icon is "permanent".
I deleted the original EPSON and Samsung icons from All Programs, which eliminated them from the MRU area.


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22 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
They go away eventually

The shortcuts go away after an undetermined number of reboots/days.
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23 Jun 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Glad you have it fixed if not figured out. Windows has always had some spookiness to it, such as IE opening as a postage stamp size at will.
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23 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
C'est la vie

I wouldn't necessarily say the problem is solved.
I actually want to be able to eliminate these shortcuts at a time of my choosing.

I'm sure there must be a section in the Registry, which keeps track of these shortcuts.

C'est la vie.
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